Great exhibits and strong competition at Singleton's annual poultry show.

BEST IN SHOW: Judge Grahame Sharpe with Grand Champion Bird of Show Fred Brown’s Large Australorp Pullet.

BEST IN SHOW: Judge Grahame Sharpe with Grand Champion Bird of Show Fred Brown’s Large Australorp Pullet.

After a frosty start fine and sunny conditions followed providing a great day for the annual Singleton Poultry Club Show at the Singleton Showground.

RIBBON WINNER: Judge Brendan Sharpe with Reserve Bird of Show Robert Johnstone’s Bantam OEG Duckwing Cock Bird.

RIBBON WINNER: Judge Brendan Sharpe with Reserve Bird of Show Robert Johnstone’s Bantam OEG Duckwing Cock Bird.

Exhibitors came from near and far bringing a wide variety of breeds of poultry, both soft feather and hard feather, in both large fowl and bantams. A number of the birds had won major awards at recent 2017 poultry shows. The judges commented on the high quality and excellent preparation of the exhibits.

Judges were Grahame Sharpe (Soft Feather) and Brendan Sharpe (Hard Feather). Both father and son from Uralla are recognised top breeders, exhibitors and judges.

A feature of the show was the rare breeds with varieties recently imported into Australia and not shown before in Singleton. They included Sumatra, Redcap Derbyshire and Lakenvelder in large fowl and Phoenix in bantams. There are many others breeds recently imported and they are growing in popularity.

The show drew many local visitors who were impressed with the display of the fowls in the refurbished pens and their new layout in the pavilion. This provided for excellent lighting in all pens and wide aisles gave access for viewing.

Grand Final Bird of Show award went to Hudson & Brown (Fred Brown) with his Large Black Australorp Pullet. She was also Champion Large Soft Feather.

Reserve Champion Bird of Show went to Robert Johnstone with his Bantam Old English Game Duckwing dark leg cock bird. He was also Champion Hard Feather Bantam.

Reserve Champion Large Soft Feather also went to Hudson & Brown (Fred Brown) with his White Leghorn Cockerel.

Champion Large Hard Feather and Reserve Large Hard Feather went to Peter Cliff with his Black Pit Game Plain Faced Pullet and his Muff Faced Pit Game Pullet.

Reserve Champion Hard Feather Bantam went to Stephen Bailey with his Australian Game Black Red Pullet.

Champion Soft Feather Bantam went to Brendan & Jackson Lambert with their Ancona Single Comb Hen. Reserve Champion Soft Feather Bantam went to B & R Valance with their Minorca Pullet who was also Champion Rare Breed of Show.

The club encourages juniors with their own classes and awards. Each junior received one of the new Club Caps. Champion Junior Award went to Thomas Harwood with his Australian Game Large Black Red Cockerel.

Our Show would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors Kirkwoods Produce, Benjamin Singleton Motel, Branxton Pet World, Rare Breed Poultry, Royal Federal Hotel Branxton, Jack Thompson and Norman Ironside.

Robert Johnstone